New TNI commander to deploy troops to safeguard investment

Viva News – September 4, 2013
Indonesia's newly appointed military (TNI) chief General Moeldoko (Antara)
Indonesia's newly appointed military (TNI) chief General Moeldoko (Antara)

Anggi Kusumadewi, Erick Tanjung – Indonesia’s newly appointed military (TNI) chief, General Moeldoko, will deploy TNI forces to maintain state security and protect investments in Indonesia. This was conveyed by Moeldoko at a ceremony to hand over command at the TNI’s headquarters in Cilangkap in Jakarta on Wednesday September 4.

Moeldoko said that there is a need for national economic management in the midst of economic uncertainty and a slowdown in the global economy. This represents a challenge that must be addressed with mental readiness and correct policies. Because of this systematic measures are needed.

“The TNI will deploy all of its facilities and forces in order to provide a sense of security for those investing in Indonesia”, said Moeldoko who is replacing Admiral Agus Suhartono as the commander-in-chief of the TNI. He appealed to foreign investors not to be hesitant or concerned about investing in Indonesia.

Moeldoko also appealed to all elements of society to take part in maintaining security and creating a favorable environment for investment in Indonesia. “Let us restrain [ourselves] from clashes and communal conflicts that disrupt social peace and the integrity of the nation and the state”, he said.

Moeldoko was chosen as the new TNI commander even though he only held the post of army chief of staff for six months. He is considered to have performed well. Born in Kediri, East Java on July 9, 1957, he received the prestigious Adhi Makayasa Medal as the top military academy (Akabri) graduate in 1981.

[Jenderal Moeldoko Janji Amankan Investasi di Indonesia – VIVAnews. Rabu, 4 September 2013. Translated by James Balowski.]